My Profile

Steve Sidwell: Lampard is learning his job as a manager

Thu 07 January 2021 | 10:20

Chelsea boss is under pressure as his side continue their underwhelming performances.


’s investment in the summer transfer window has raised expectations from

Frank Lampard

’s team as they have enjoyed the addition of a group of new top-class players in their squad. However, inconsistency has remained a huge issue at Stamford Bridge as the team has been able to achieve only one victory out of their last five matches. Former Blues midfielder

Steve Sidwell

believes that Lampard must try to step up his players immediately and learn to ride on the club’s rocky road to success.

“Before a ball was even kicked, a lot of money was spent in the summer getting players in,”

He told

 talkSPORT. “He did ever so well getting top four last year, and top four will be a definite minimum requirement this season, but this season is a very odd and inconsistent one.

“Look at

Southampton vs Liverpool

, Man City have had a slump in form, and so have other clubs.

“This is a rocky road at the moment for Frank, but he’s got a group of players who we’ve seen the levels they can produce and they need to get back to it.

“He’s learning on the job as a manager, so experience-wise he hasn’t got what a Klopp, a Guardiola, or even a Ralph Hassenhuttl has got. He’s got to learn quickly, but saying that he’s got a group of players that can do it. They just need to compete as that’s what’s been missing in the recent games.”

Sidwell remembers his playing time at Chelsea and how things can change in a short period.

“I go back to when I was at Chelsea and Jose Mourinho left and Avram Grant took over,”

added Sidwell.

“I remember when the players called a meeting. JT [John Terry] called all the players in and said, ‘look, I’ve been with Roman and he’s said that Avram would be taking charge’.

“The lads were pretty shocked as Avram was there as a kind of technical director and go-between between Jose and Abramovich.

“I remember John Terry and the lads saying, ‘right, we need to drive this ourselves as Avram hasn’t got the experience of the top echelons of football in terms of the

Premier League

. We have, and we’ll drive this’.

“I’m not saying they went against his wishes or anything. He still led the football club and the football team, but the players really drove that dressing room.”

source: SportMob